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Briefe von Annemarie Boden, Max Boden, Axel and Sibylle Boden, 1954 mit einige briefe von John und Gisela Sommer an Annemarie Boden.
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Letters from Annemarie Boden, Max Boden, Axel and Sibylle Boden, 1954 with some letters from John and Gisela Sommer to Annemarie Boden.
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- Sommer family
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2 photographs : b&w, some col. ; 9 x 14 cm or smaller
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Gisela Sommer and Ulrich Sommer, both from Germany, married and had two children; Cornelius and Angelika. In pursuit of a better quality of life, Gisela and Ulrich immigrated to Canada with their two children in 1954 and settled in Georgetown, Ontario.
The Sommer family fared well in Georgetown. Gisela worked as a dietary assistant in a local hospital. Ulrich worked in an enamel factory and eventually opened his own art gallery in 1962 called Gallery House Sol. Cornelius studied to become a lawyer and worked in Toronto, Ontario. Angelika moved to Germany.
Over the course of many years, the Sommer family wrote numerous letters to each other, their friends and their family back home in Germany.
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Correspondence primarily between the Sommer family and the Boden family. The Boden family lived in Bonn, Germany and included Annemarie Boden, Max Boden, Axel Boden and Sibylle Boden. Of special interest are letters commenting on social and political matters such as issues of ethnicity, Quebec separatism, and World War II. Records include letters, greeting cards, postcards, press clippings, a funeral invitation, and photographs of a family home and the University of Bonn in Germany.
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Donated in 2017.
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Described by NM in 2018.
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A small selection of correspondence in this file was translated by Lori Heffner Straus in 2018.